CALENDAR FOR JUNE 22
• Local author Stephanie M. Sellers will have a book signing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the shops of Steele Street. Sellers will sign her latest work, “The Gamecocks.”
• A Ride for the Red Charity Ride, hosted by Honda Suzuki Arctic Cat of Sanford, will be held at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the American Red Cross in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado. The cost will be $20 per bike, and there will be no additional charge for a passenger. Registrations and entertainment will begin at 8:30 a.m. at HSA of Sanford, and brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-noon. Kickstands go up at 12:15 p.m. Donations to this event will also serve as a donation to get into the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds for the Tramway Fire Department's “Raising Oklahoma” event. Pre-registration is recommended and preferred. Call Dusty Phillips with any questions at (919) 775-3638 or (919) 353-0947.
• The Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Patrons can purchase the best of locally grown seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce. For further information about buying or selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007, email DonnaBuie@aol.com or see www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985.
• A book signing for the newly released work by local author Frances Eastridge will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford. According to a prepared statement, “Eastridge is living proof that a poor, Southern farm girl, raised at the end of the Depression, could grow up, get married and have a family only to lose them all — and yet come out victoriously with God in her life.”
• Ladybugs Cornhole Games and Boyettes Cornhole Boards will host a cornhole tournament at noon at the Lee County Fairgrounds. The tournament will be held during the Raising Oklahoma Benefit and be a 50/50 blind draw/double elimination, with first, second and third cash prizes. The cost is $15 per person (pre-registration) and $20 per person the day of signup.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its annual summer picnic, starting with fellowship at 11:30 a.m., at the Harris Youth House of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford (behind the church, beside the picnic shelter). Members and guests are asked to bring their favorite covered dish to share. Lunch begins at noon. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• The Frack Free NC Public Forum, an anti-hydraulic fracturing workshop, will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Byrnum Ruritan Club, located at 28 Charlie Fields Road, Pittsboro. The event will feature local speakers, as well as speakers who own farms in Pennsylvania and will talk about their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and other natural gas operations. The forum is sponsored by the Waterkeeper Alliance & Clean Water for NC, and the cost of attendance is $10, or $20 for a ticket and lunch. To sign up or get more information, visit http://frackfreenc-forum.eventbrite.com, or call Elaine Chiosso at (919) 542-5790 or Hope Taylor at (919) 401-9600.
• “The Legacy Continues,” an event honoring the late W.H. Knotts Sr., will be held from 1-5 p.m. in Depot Park. The gathering, hosted by Knotts Funeral Home (719 Wall St., Sanford) will feature local choirs and mime teams, free food and health screenings and more. Bring lawn chairs for seating.
• “Raising Oklahoma,” a benefit to raise money for the American Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla., will be held from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Lee County Fairgrounds. The event will feature performances by Chip Perry (7 p.m.) and Josh Phillips (8 p.m.). Admission will be donation only at the gate. Donation sites will be set around the fairgrounds. A Poker Run will also be held that morning starting at Honda of Sanford. The vendor fee is $50, and setup is from 9-11 a.m. For more information, call Laurie Smith at (919) 708-7070 or Amber Dunigan at (919) 478-3322.
• The second annual Sanford Community Outreach event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 4091 Lemon Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public, featuring live music, free food and drinks, drawings for free prizes, face painting and arts and crafts. Representatives from the sheriff's office and the fire department, as well as health department resources, health and beauty vendors, military recruiters and Central Carolina College representatives will share tips on safety and crime prevention, educational and vocational opportunities, and health and beauty. For more information call (910) 273-0743. The event is sponsored by New Birth Nondenominational Church.
• “A Day at the Garden” will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the peace and unity community garden in the Hudson Avenue cul-de-sac, featuring tours, cooking demonstrations, master gardener activities, a hula and jump rope competition, snacks, games, garden yoga and more. Raffle prizes include a one-month family pass to the YMCA. For more information, contact Brick Capital CDC at (919) 775-2300.
• The Sanford Moose Lodge will hold its installation of officers and enrollment for the Women of the Moose at 3 p.m. at the Sanford Moose Lodge, located at 821 Woodland Ave., Sanford. Following the ceremony, there will be heavy hors d oeuvres and music. Everyone is invited to attend.